November 17, 2016, 7:33 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church                 Sunday, November 20, 2016


This coming Sunday is the last Sunday in Pentecost, which means it is the final Sunday in the liturgical year.  Next week we start the liturgical cycle all over again as we enter Advent. It is fitting that the last Sunday of the church year is called Christ the King Sunday.  As we look back on a year of divisiveness in politics, wars abroad, terrorist attacks at home, suffering of the innocent and racial and class tensions it is good to remember that our primary allegiance is not to the principalities and powers of this world.  Christ is King and it is to him that we have given ourselves in our baptismal vows. The Apostle Paul, in writing to first century Christians in Galatia, reminded them that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  The fact that those qualities are lacking in most parts of our world just goes to show how very different the Kingdom of Christ is from the kingdoms of the world.  As we come to the end of the church year and begin a new one, let us remember that Christ, and Christ alone, is King.  Blessings, Fr. Ray +


A Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. John’s at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23.  Following the service, you are invited to a wine and cheese reception in the Chapel. Please let Jeannie Turley know if you can bring a cheese or fruit tray or chips and dip or cookies for the reception. And, don’t forget to invite a friend!    


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  November 20th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Last Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 29):

Jeremiah 23:1-6; Canticle 16 - BCP 92 (In unison); Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Jim Howe, Jr., Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Walter Morris, Sr., Dr. Marion McDaniel, Sarah Myers, Donna Drewry (Marjie’s sister-in-law), Debra Richardson (BZW’s co-worker), Bob White, Carol Jennings, and Ruth Howe.



During Advent I will be leading a study entitled The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem.  This five- session DVD was filmed in the Holy Land and is designed to accompany the 28 daily Advent devotions in the book Walking the Road to Bethlehem: Your Journey to Christmas All class participants will receive a copy of the book of Advent devotions.  Classes start on Wednesday, November 30 and conclude on Wednesday, December 28.  Class times are as follows:

Wednesday Evenings @ 6:30 p.m.

Thursday Mornings @ 10:30 a.m.

The change in class times is designed to allow those who wish to do so to attend one of our mid-week Eucharistic Services. On Wednesdays you can attend the Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. and remain for the study group at 6:30 p.m.  On Thursdays you can attend the study group at 10:30 a.m. and remain for the Eucharist at noon. 

A sign-up sheet for the Advent Study Classes is located on the table at the back of the church. Or, you can sign up by calling or mailing the church office.  Signing up ahead of time helps me make sure I have adequate books for all participants. Blessings! Fr. Ray+


Outreach News:

Thanksgiving Food Drive by The Family Center Nov 2 – Nov 18: Drop box is located in back of church.

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is toilet paper.  Plastic tubs for each are on the stair landing just outside the chapel.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.

Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

A Request From Dagmar  - Check out what Ms. Garcia wants for her students in this amazing project: Piano Power for the KIPP Delta Choir! Ms. Garcia is using to request things for her students. It's an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. If you chip in to help her classroom (or any other one on the site), you'll get photos from the classroom and thank-you notes to see the impact you made. Please pass this along to anyone you know who may want to help out!       Thanks! Dagmar

Church Office News and Announcements:

Wednesday, November 16, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel

Thursday, November 17, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

Sunday duties November 20, 2016:

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

Altar Flowers – Mr.& Mrs. Alan Hargraves, Jr., and Mr. & Mrs. David Bohannan

Monday, November 21, 5:30 pm, Vestry will meet in the undercroft.

Wednesday, November 23, 5:30 pm, Thanksgiving worship in the church, with Wine and Cheese Reception following in the chapel.


Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19th and 20th the ANNUAL BAZAAR at ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH.  The BIG BAKE SALE, from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday.  Along with the Bake Sale, SILVER JEWELRY SALE and the CHRISTMAS MARKET

The FABULOUS SPAGHETTI DINNER: As always, the dinner includes spaghetti & meatballs, bread, salad, dessert and a drink.  All Sunday events are from 11am-2pm. Tickets for the dinner are $10; $5 for children and carry-outs are available. Purchase your tickets at the door, from a church member or by calling the church office (870-338-6990).

Along with the SPAGHETTI DINNER comes the BIG RAFFLE. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and also are available at the door or from church members.


ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!!!  The St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15.

Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262



St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115       Fax: 870-338-8519


Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342